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Antrim v Cavan

Venue: Casement Park. Date: Sunday, 18 May. Throw-in: 1545 BST.
Coverage: Live: BBC NI, Radio Ulster MW and on the BBC NI website

Barry Watters
Barry Watters is one of four Cavan debutants for the Belfast game

Cavan boss Donal Keogan has handed Ulster SFC debuts to four players for Sunday's opener at Casement Park.

Rory Dunne comes in at full-back while Barry Watters starts against the Saffrons in the half-forward line - both were in the minor team last year.

Dermot Sheridan is selected at right half-back while the final debutant is Michael McDonald in midfield.

Breffni captain Mark McKeever is suspended so Dermot McCabe will lead the team in the preliminary round game.

Darren Rabbitte is ruled out because of a knee injury and Nicholas Walsh has failed to make the side despite recovering from a hamstring problem.

Rabbitte only returned to action recently following a cruciate ligament injury but he suffered cartilage damage in a recent challenge win over Meath.

However, Cavan's medical staff are confident that the player will be available for the county's next championship game after the Antrim clash.

Fit-again duo Michael McCann and CJ McGourty have both been included in the Antrim line-up.

With Joe Quinn ruled out by injury, McCann will partner Aodhan Gallagher in midfield while McGourty is named in a youthful looking attack.

Sean McGreevy gets the goalkeeping nod ahead of John Finucane.


Cavan suffered relegation from Division 2 in the league but they did claim a victory over last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Cork.

In addition, Cavan lost several tight games - including a one-point defeat by Armagh.

"The only game that we were well-beaten in was the Monaghan match," Cavan PRO Mark Gillick told BBC Sport Interactive.

"But we know that the game in Belfast is a potential banana skin so we won't be taking them lightly at all.

"We beat Meath in a challenge game recently and we played fairly well so we'll reasonably optimistic."

Antrim: S McGreevy, K O'Boyle, A McClean, J Loughrey, T Scullion, J Crozier, S Kelly, A Gallagher, M McCann, P Close, K Niblock, T McCann, P Cunningham, CJ McGourty, C Close.

Cavan: James O'Reilly; M Hannon, R Dunne, M Brides; D Sheridan, A Forde, M Cahill; M McDonald, D McCabe; M Reilly, R Flanagan, B Watters; C Mackey, S Johnston, Jason O'Reilly.


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